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The music of the San Francisco (by way of Oakland) indie rock outfit Erase Errata has been compared to such eclectic experimentalists as Captain Beefheart, the Minutemen, and the Dog Faced Hermans, due to the fact that the group posses an uncanny knack of improvising on the spot (claiming that they could improvise a whole set if pressed to). Comprised of members Jenny Hoyston (vocals and trumpet), Ellie Erickson (bass), Bianca Sparta (drums), and Sara Jaffe (guitar), Erase Errata originally formed in December of 1999 -- when the group jammed in the vacant room of one of Sparta and Hoyston's roommates. The quartet immediately proved that they had a solid chemistry, as they penned ten original tunes in the span of a half-hour. Erase Errata spent six weeks during the fall of 2000 touring alongside the likes of Melt Banana and Le Tigre, issuing a split single soon after with Brooklyn, NY-based noise rockers Black Dice, on the Troubleman label. A year later, Erase Errata's full-length debut was issued, Other Animals (also via Troubleman). In 2002, the band released a split single with electro-rockers Numbers, and in spring 2003, Dancing Machine, a remix album featuring Adult., Kid 606, and Matmos, arrived. Meanwhile, Hoyston worked on her other project Paradise Island, releasing the debut album Lines Are Infinitely Fine that summer on Dim Mak. Erase Errata's long-awaited second album, At Crystal Palace, came out in fall 2003. They returned -- minus Jaffe -- in 2006 with Nightlife.
Erase Errata is a band from San Francisco, California. They often name experimentalists such as Captain Beefheart, The Fall, and the Minutemen as inspirations. The group favors improvisation as a compositional tool and each of their performances is a unique manifestation of established songs.
Erase Errata formed in Oakland, California in 1999 and quickly earned national attention after the release of their first eponymous 7" and via tours with electro grrl band Le Tigre and Japanese noise rockers Melt Banana. They released their highly acclaimed debut album Other Animals in 2001, followed by At Crystal Palace in 2003, both on the Troubleman Unlimited label. The group began counting Sonic Youth, Mission of Burma and The Ex among their fans.
After founding guitarist Sara Jaffe left Erase Errata in 2004, singer Jenny Hoyston switched to guitar and the group briefly drafted a male vocalist named Archie McKay. The group eventually settled on a three-piece lineup, with Hoyston handling both guitar and vocal duties, and joined the Kill Rock Stars roster for the 2006 album Nightlife.